Wisconsin Waterfowl Association

Wisconsin Waterfowl Association
WI DNR Learn to Hunt Waterfowl

Fall 2013 Learn to Hunt at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

Through a great partnership with the WI Department of Natural Resources and US Fish & Wildlife Service, WWA had roughly 50 people of all ages pass through the 2013 Horicon Learn to Hunt Waterfowl Program (LTH). We had participants from all over the state, and even some from the Chicago area, participate in this educational opportunity. 2013 also brought several folks who had not only never hunted before, but had never thought that they would ever have any interest in hunting. Apparently the ever-increasing popularity of getting back to our roots and harvesting wild game for sustenance has changed many's viewpoint of the act of hunting.

Everyone who participated in the LTH expressed their great enjoyment of the process and how the program was conducted, as well as the environment of the hunt. The LTH hunts allow the beginner or novice the opportunity to participate in a hunt in a semi - controlled environment with a seasoned mentor providing a stress free and safe experience. With the Federal Government shutdown this past fall, we were forced scramble at the last minute to accommodate more hunters on the state side of the Horicon Marsh and the WI DNR staff involved with the program handled this seamlessly. While the weather was not always cooperative or conducive to waterfowl hunting - we experienced hot, sunny, clear blue skis and/or thunderstorms - and made some days challenging, compared to the extreme draught conditions experienced in 2012, we think this year was a great success.

WWA would also like to sincerely thank the Dodge County Sportsmans Alliance, Field and Stream Sportsman Club and Harold Drake for their contributions to the event.

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Some history on our program...

In 2009, WWA's Green Bay Chapter held the first ever Learn to Goose Hunt (LTH) program in Wisconsin at the Pittsfield Trap Club.  Even though not all six first-time hunters were successful in harvesting geese, they all had a great time and took home some valuable insight into the hunting world, provided by all of their LTH mentors.

This is an example of the type of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) LTH programs that WWA is seeking to expand statewide. In 2010, the Green Bay Chapter again held a LTH program at the Pittsfield Trap Club but were able to expand their program to twelve new hunters!  In addition  to the Green Bay Chapter, WWA's Chippewa Valley (Eau Claire) and St. Croix Valley (Hudson) Chapters each held their first LTH Waterfowl Programs last year.  Both of these proved to be a great success in introducing new hunters to the sport of waterfowl hunting!

WWA, partnering with WDNR and the Hunter's Network of Wisconsin, has committed to expanding the LTH efforts across Wisconsin with at least eight new events in 2011.  To learn more about our program, or to state one in your area, contact us at 800.524.8460 or This E-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information on recruiting Wisconsin's next generation of sportsmen and women, please visit the Hunter's Network of Wisconsin.

Pictured above, a LTH participant takes aim during the WWA St. Croix (Hudson) Chapter's Learn to Hunt event during the Fall of 2010